Press Releases 2019

04/06/2019 20:36:57 Restaurants failing to meet Standards

The Consumer Council of Fiji is warning Fijian restaurants to lift their standards after recent market surveillance found rampant poor hygiene practices that are placing consumers at risk.

04/06/2019 20:34:25 Concern on labelling – “Milkyo” brand milk

Traders and importers of food items are being warned to ensure the products they retail abide by labelling requirements under the Food Safety Act 2003 or they may face having these products removed from shelves.

16/05/2019 14:04:17 Cessation of BIMA Insurance shocks many

The Consumer Council of Fiji is concerned with the recent announcement made by BIMA insurance on the closure of its operations in Fiji without providing any alternatives or refunds to loyal consumers who have an insurance policy with their company.

18/04/2019 12:49:18 Consumers urged to visit Mobile Unit

Consumers are urged to take advantage of Mobile Unit that will be set-up in Suva to lodge their complaints or simply seek advice on consumer issues.

18/04/2019 12:47:57 Customer labelled “pink fat lady” on receipt

The Consumer Council of Fiji is concerned with the way some traders label customers on receipts whilst waiting to be served.

28/03/2019 11:51:52 Supermarkets Contravenes Good Hygiene Practices

Consumers are urged to check the quality of meat products and the hygiene of its storage when they are out shopping. This comes as a concern when the Council while carrying out its market surveillance found that there is a growing disregard of hygiene practices required under the Food Safety Act 2003 and Food Safety Regulation 2009 by a number of supermarkets across the country.

11/02/2019 15:33:42 Council condemns illegal minibus fare increase

The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on minibus operators to refrain from charging increased fares to passengers at different locations around the country as this is illegal.

11/02/2019 10:15:38 Dodgy car-dealers, a worry

The Consumer Council of Fiji is extremely concerned that consumers continue to be cheated and misled by unscrupulous car dealers around the country.

08/02/2019 09:49:52 Non-Issuance of Receipts-An Offence

The Consumer Council of Fiji is cautioning traders to avoid skirting the law by not providing receipts to consumers. This warning comes as Council’s market surveillance team witnessed how consumers are not being issued their receipts whilst shopping.

05/02/2019 13:00:58 Council cautions consumers on Gartile

The Consumer Council of Fiji is extremely concerned at the cavalier attitude with which phone company Gartile continues to treat its consumers.

31/01/2019 08:50:26 Consumer Council of Fiji appoints new CEO

The Consumer Council of Fiji welcomes the appointment of Seema Shandil as its new Chief Executive Officer.

30/01/2019 14:57:00 Surcharging by merchants on the use of EFTPOS

Proper regulations are needed to ensure consumers are not slapped with excessive surcharge fees by merchants for the use of EFTPOS terminals while making a purchase.

22/01/2019 17:06:35 Council warns supermarkets on flood-damaged items

The Consumer Council of Fiji is issuing a stern warning to supermarkets and food retailers to exercise a sense of responsibility by refraining from selling goods that have been damaged by floodwaters.

17/01/2019 17:42:53 Cease exploitation of tenants

The Consumer Council of Fiji is warning landlords to refrain from exploiting tertiary students by charging hefty rents and providing extremely poor accommodation conditions.

15/01/2019 10:43:35 Consumers must reap benefits of fuel price decreases

THE Consumer Council of Fiji is urging consumers to ensure they check their receipts when paying for fuel and liquid petroleum gas after the price of both commodities decreased this morning.

14/01/2019 11:11:45 Council advises comparative shopping as exercise book prices increase

The Consumer Council of Fiji is urging parents, guardians and students to be vigilant and engage in comparative shopping while shopping for school supplies.

14/01/2019 11:11:02 Refrain from Price Gouging during Natural Disaster periods

The Consumer Council of Fiji is advising traders that increasing prices during natural disasters amounts to unfair trade practices particularly under Section 66 and 76 of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission Act 2010.